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Remember those days right after college where you were rushing to fill up your resumes with every single piece of work experience, overseas and local volunteer projects you took over a couple of summers?

Ah, the good old days as a fledgling jobseeker. Where every section of your CV had to impress. Even a single line about how you helped out with managing the till at your aunt Susan’s community fundraiser counted as relevant “financial experience”.

Well, that’s not you – at least, not anymore. Happily employed, cushy benefits, great colleagues to have after-work virtual drinks with and annual company retreats. There’s no better feeling than that of job security, and when you’re planning on staying put at your job, there is no use for a resume! It just gets chucked right at the bottom of the desk drawer, or sitting on a USB drive gathering dust until the next time.

When that next time does come around – boy do you have some work cut out for you. In this day and age, a successful career means much more than just staying at one job for your entire working life, and your digital presence (think LinkedIn) is worth just as much as your qualifications on paper. No doubt, having a resume that is both dynamic and up-to-date is one of the most valuable tools to have on hand as you climb up your career ladder.

Read on below for our 4 good reasons to always keep your resume updated

1. When you’re being promoted

You are putting in hard work, and you are getting things done. Your colleagues see it, and your manager sees it too. The day a position opens up that they think you would be suitable for, they recommend you for a promotion.

Whether it is your WorkDay account or you have to submit a CV, its always good for the higher-ups to see who you are. There’s one way they can get all the information they need in the quickest time possible: your resume.

With a CV that categorically lists all the great things you’ve done over the past years for the company and in your professional capacity, there is solid proof that your appraisal is worth much more than just the recommendation of your supervisor(s). So go on, get your LinkedIn profile updated with all the fantastic things you’ve done so far and polish up your resume at the same time – your career deserves it.

2. When you’re in demand

Corporate headhunters are always on the lookout for exceptional individuals who fit the specific requirements that a particular company is looking for to help it grow. You may not be looking for a new job at this point. Still, with all that valuable experience you’ve been getting at work, there’s sure to be recruiters out there looking for somebody just like you to join their team either for a particular project or for a full-time position in another company.

Often these recruiters offer seriously attractive offers that are hard to turn down. Here’s the catch; however – in most cases, whenever you get a call from the recruiters, the first thing they’ll probably ask for is a copy of your resume. If you’ve got a resume that hasn’t been touched in 2 years, you’re going to need to take time to get it updated.

Keep both your physical and digital credentials fresh and up-to-date, so these recruiters will have an easier time deciding if you’re the right fit.

3. When you’re looking for a side gig

Throughout your career, you may be looking to pick up some more work on the side or even pick up some personal projects that are beneficial to your professional experience. Freelance work is becoming the norm, and there are millions of full-time workers all over the world looking for collaborative partners. They can help them make things happen – anything from creative skills like photo editing and music production, to corporate tech skills like excel wizardry and presentation building.

Knowledge, in almost any subject, is made readily available thanks to the internet, and for those of you who took the opportunity to upskill, be sure to add your new-found course to your resume. You never know what potentially life-changing networking opportunity you might miss out on when you don’t continue to educate.

4. When the worst happens to you

Let’s face the hard truth. There might come a day where the company decides to part ways with you, or you decide to quit – whether it is due to the company restructuring its workforce or for personal factors. When that happens, dusting off that old resume and updating it is probably the last thing on your mind, especially if you’ve done so many things that you’ve forgotten which ones are worth mentioning!

Having an up-to-date resume serves as a timeline of your achievements as well as being a backup plan for when things go south. With all your accomplishments noted down as gospel truth, you’ll have an easier time picking out the ones that suit the next job you’re applying for. You can spend more time looking for that right job rather than wasting all that time and effort trying to figure out a way to piece together a polished resume.

As the great Roman emperor Julius Caesar once said in a letter to the senate proclaiming his absolute victory at the Battle of Zela when he was still an army general in 47 BC – “Veni, Vidi, Vici” meaning “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Without keeping a timely record of his achievements, we would probably have never seen him rise the ranks to become the ruler of Rome we all know today.

The same principle can be applied to your resume – keeping it up to date with all your current achievements requires just a few hours or so of writing and reviewing every end of the month. And with that little extra effort you put in each month, the results will certainly go a long way for your career and your future.

This is going to be short and sweet.

I feel like I am not the only one, that was having a difficult time to virtualize my background. I don’t have a solid coloured wall in my office, so I was never able to get the virtual background feature to work.

Every time I tried, my face would end up being part of the background, like the image I used for this Blog. I thought it was the quality of my webcam but after doing research it all comes down to processing power. If you are not getting a new computer anytime soon, I found a quick fix that might also work for you.

I work at Dell, and I am using a Latitude 5490, which is about two years old, and I know this fix also works for the generation before.

QUICK FIX for your Dell Laptop

If you don’t have a dell laptop, I am sure the steps are similar just with a different vendor.

Head over to:

https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-ca

Once you are there, you will need to locate your service tag on the bottom of your laptop. You will need to type it in the search bar and hit enter, and your product support page will upload.

This page will appear and you will have a lot of options to review warranty, run diagnostics and most importantly why we are here today! Drivers and Downloads.

What you will need to download is the below :

Update BIOS

Update Graphics Driver

Feel free to update everything if you want! It is not necessary to run virtual backgrounds. Once you have completed this, restart your computer and BOOM! It is working! Hopefully, this was helpful for you and thank you for stopping by!

If you are new to Canada most likely you have looked up what do you need to include in your application when applying.

Well Canada.ca states the following:

  • cover letter, which is a short description of what makes you right for the job
  • résumé, which is:
    • also known as a “curriculum vitae” or a C.V.
    • a list of your qualifications and work experience

However, this is the basics. If you are looking for an entry-level position, this should be enough to get you an interview. However, if you are in a major city that has fierce competition, this is what I highly recommend you put in your application to get noticed!

Top Documents to Include in a Canadian Job Application

COVER LETTER

  • Include their Company Logo in the letterhead
  • If you are drastically changing careers, explain why you are and explain why you would be a great addition to their team
  • a cover letter is a great place to summarize your journey and why you are ready for a new position
  • Lastly, Print it! Sign it! Scan it! It shows you have taken the effort to personalize it

RESUME/CV

  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Language
  • Executive Summary
  • Skills and Hobbies. If your hobbies are not interesting leave it out!
  • Volunteering

REFERENCE LETTERS

  • Almost all resumes in Canada I have seen the below response. If you give this response, it’s another reason to dismiss. Always include reference names, position and affiliation to you.
    • References available as per request
  • Try to get at least two reference letters from your past jobs. In Switzerland, it was mandatory that every company needed to give you a reference. I always ask my current employer to draft up a reference letter to add to my application package.
  • If you can’t get a reference because you don’t feel comfortable, try asking for a proof of employment. This is just another great document to include in your application, trust me all recruiters will be shocked to see this!

EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES

  • If you have a degree and diploma from any post secondary institutes make a company and throw this into your application.
  • This is not mandatory at all, but it does get noticed that you have everything ready and prepared.
  • Some companies even call your educational institutes to verify and you are basically helping them in advance.
  • I would also include an additional certificates or awards you have received, including Language certificates especially if English or french is your second language.

I didn’t learn this in Canada, when working oversea’s in Switzerland, this is what they do for their application process and when I moved back, I used these sames tactics and almost 80% of the time I received a call back after applying.

Is there anything that I am missing that you have included in an application in Canada or another country that has worked?

Thank you for stopping by!

Today, I will be discussing how to update your CV at least every year if not bi-annually. If you have never created a CV, then this can also be an excellent post for you.

Every six months, I open up my CV and do a scroll of what I think is still relevant for the job that I want in the future.

I review my old jobs that I have and see if they are still relevant to keep on my CV. In the video, I will show you a few things that I look at, and I will walk you through on how I update CV, content-wise.

Some of the tools that I like to use when building out a CV are below. Feel free to bookmark them as they will not only be useful for the job you want to get, but they will be helpful for your whole career.

Helpful Tools you will want to bookmark

I love the Visual CV. I usually buy a subscription every six months for one month, just to keep it updated, and then within the browser, you can download your CV into a PDF. It’s not the most efficient or cheap way to edit it, but I love the templates. LINK IS HERE

If you can’t afford a subscription, then the next best thing I have used is the CV template on Microsoft Word. You can update your photo and all details without paying to update it every time. There is a bit of a learning curve with the formatting of the template, but its by car the cheapest way to continue updating. LINK IS HERE

The worst thing I have seen on CVs is grammar mistakes. I am sure there are some mistakes in this blog, but the worst thing is to apply for a job and your CV includes errors scattered throughout. I utilize an app called Grammarly that checks my tone, verbs, and all grammatical errors. It has helped me an insane amount of the last few years.

Lastly, this one, I think, is quite essential. Your photo on your CV. This is so important to keep updated. The worst thing is to show up for an interview with a 10-year-old photo on your CV where you look nothing like.

If you live in Montreal and looking for a super fun photographer to take your headshot, I couldn’t recommend Sherina more for the job! I am far from loving my photo taken, but she captures your personality well through her lens.

LINK IS HERE